The Elf on The Shelf - A Delightful Christmas Tradition

by petunia

The Elf on the Shelf is the beginning of a family tradition you will treasure. Your elf is inside the book just waiting for his name. And then, the magic begins!

The Elf On The Shelf

Your Elf is Waiting..............

The delightful tradition of Elf on a Shelf goes back generations. This little guy would sit on various shelves throughout the Christmas season keeping an eye on all of the little boys and girls. Back when they were first created, they came in red and green, which added to the Christmas décor. The elf stories, as well as the toy elves came to America from Europe and were already a tradition for many who first came to the United States. Elf on a Shelf has grown to be a tradition for many families throughout the years.

Elves, as folklore goes, help Santa in a variety of ways. They keep busy in the workshop making toys for all of the good little boys and girls, and are very loyal to St. Nick. In the 1970’s Carol Aebersold began her own family tradition which quickly caught on and became the new Elf on a Shelf craze that delights children and adults around the world. Carol, along with her daughter, Chanda A. Bell, created books which told of the elves who watch over the children by day, then report back to Santa at night. These little elves are called “scouts” who, after returning from their nightly reports to Santa, always land in a different part of the room. Children quickly begin to anticipate waking up and looking for the mischievous little elf.

The Elf is Waiting to Meet Your Family

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The Elf on the Shelf is Watching You!

Your Children Will Love Their Own Elf

The Elf on a Shelf product has gained popularity in recent years and now has become a fun Christmas tradition that everyone can enjoy. It comes with a hardcover book, which delights children with the story of the nightly trips. Of course, each book comes with an Elf on a Shelf toy, complete with the pointy ears, long nose and felt body. The story answers the mystery of how Santa knows if children have been naughty or nice, and also spins a charming tale of the elves and their nightly travels. Kids will quickly be caught up in the wonder of the Elf on a Shelf, and want the story read over and over.

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You Will Be So Glad You Did!

The Elf on a Shelf is a unique and charming gift that can be enjoyed for years and passed on from generation to generation. Many families add their own little nuances to the tradition, such as giving a small treat or gift to the first child who can find the elf each morning. The Elf on a Shelf will quickly become one of your child or grandchild’s magical Christmas memories.

Updated: 08/16/2011, petunia
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Have you started the Elf on the Shelf Tradition in your home yet?

SPB on 10/06/2011

What a cute little idea. I had never heard of it either. I can just imagine the little ones tearing around the house looking for the little elf each morning!!

Guest on 09/23/2011

I hadn't heard of it, but the Elf sounds delightful.

costumeideas on 09/07/2011

We have a lot of friends who have started their own traditions including the Elf on the Shelf. Although we decided not to, I can see why it is so popular.

mandeesears on 08/08/2011

Too cute. My mother-in-law introduced this to me when my first child was born. It really is a fun tradition!

JS0425 on 08/04/2011

Personally, I think the elf, and the idea of it always "watching" is a little bit creepy! I still can see how younger kids would believe that the elf is reporting back to Santa. What a great idea!

petunia on 08/04/2011

Thank you all! Our grandchildren named their elf "Gerald" and every Thanksgiving Gerald is put into action! the children delight in finding Gerald every morning after his visit to Santa and Gerald lands in some really unusual places! One time he was even in the refrigerator!

PS in our house and in their house, anyone who gets too grown up to "believe in the magic" will not get any presents at all! So we all believe!

SidewalkPhilosopher on 08/04/2011

Delightful! I LOVE Christmas Traditions!!!

Michey on 08/04/2011

Great family tradition, I always embrace with grace traditions and heritage... as we must be proud of them and transmit them to kids and grands.
One of my family tradition was that at every Christmas we must add 2-3 ornaments for our tree... so I ended up with huge number of decoration/toys on my tree... All of them remained in my house when I lived... Mom gave them to my friends... Since I have been arrived in States, I have started the tradition again...
Joan thanks for a great post which I enjoy immensely.

spirituality on 08/04/2011

Sounds like a fun family tradition - but I have to echo Mivvy: hadn't heard of it before and I am from Europe too. Still, who knows what was a tradition in some European families a century ago?

happynutritionist on 08/03/2011

This is a new tradition to me too, yeh, I learned something new today:-) So cute!

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